I wanted to go ahead and start taking your orders for naturally raised asparagus. It is delicious! We will be selling it for $4.50 per pound. We will probably have a pick up point in Kirksville but I won’t be doing house delivery. Next Spring (April/May) will be the first full picking year for the first section and I’m hoping to have around 100 pounds so supplies are limited. When all the patch is in full swing we should have around 400 pounds (2014)
We will notify you that we have received your order. When we surpass 100 p0unds of orders, you will be notified that your order cannot be filled but you will be put on standby in case the crop is larger than expected. All orders will be filled in the order received. Note: As you know, farming is tentative and just because we take orders does not mean we will be able to fill them upon the event of a bad crop or no crop. If there is a partial crop, we will fill those orders starting with the first received until we run out.
Also, I would like to know how many people would be interested in pasture raised Katahdin lamb. I’m not taking orders now but just seeing how many would seriously be interested in ordering a lamb and what weight you would want it to be. Katahdin lamb is very delicious and does not have a strong flavor.
If you are interested in either the asparagus or lamb, please e-mail us at email@example.com . Let us know how much you would be interested in. Also, if you want asparagus, I will need your name and phone # to contact you when it is ready.
After evaluating the berry situation this morning, it looks like there are not enough to justify being open for picking anymore this year. So we are closed for the season.
We so appreciate each and every one of you who came out to our farm to pick berries this year. Without you we couldn’t do what we are doing! We hope you enjoy the berries and we look forward to seeing you in 2013, God willing!
Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.
The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us.
God blesses us, That all the ends of the earth may fear Him.
O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
If you lost your black cap or child’s pair of flip-flops while blueberry picking…they’re still here!
If you are wanting to get some berries, now is the time! We are going to be open tomorrow, June 6th from 4 pm to 8 pm, and we have many nice berries to pick. We are also planning to be open for our normal hours for the rest of this week:
Thursday from 4-8 pm
Friday from 8 am to 1 pm
Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm.
However, please call before you come out to be sure that we still have ripe berries left that day, as our hours depend on the availability of ripe berries.
It’s looking like we will have plenty of berries from here on to the end of the season.
Happy Berry Picking,
If you’re searching for a project that will both amuse and annoy you, allow me to suggest hand-shearing a pet sheep, without really knowing how. That is, I did print off instructions from the internet for guidance, but there’s nothing like a little experience.
As a side note: Not just any brother would cheerfully assist his sister with shearing her pet, but mine did.
As you can see, everything is in order. Sheep in a (supposedly) helpless position, brother holding it in place, shearers–and bucket of soapy water to clean them–handy, and instruction paper secured to the ground for easy reference.
We started on the belly, but never really finished it since it was too easy to cut her. We proceeded up the neck, around the head, and down her body. Grant actually took to it much more naturally than I did, so he did the tricky parts. At first Karisey (the sheep’s name) protested vehemently. She then decided to be good for a while, (probably just so she wouldn’t get heat exhaustion), then renewed her attempts to escape.
“In case you wondered, this is NOT fun!”
Emerging from her stifling coat.
Free at last! Doesn’t she look so funny! I may try carding some of the wool, just for fun.
Monday afternoon I was walking past my grandparents’ pond (the one we use for irrigating the blueberries) on the way back from checking on the sheep. (They started having lambs Sunday and now we have twelve.) I saw something floating in the water at the edge which I first thought might be an animal of some kind. Then I realized it was this. (That’s a yardstick below it, not a ruler, just in case you weren’t sure. )
Now, there is a family legend from almost thirty years ago about when my granddad, my dad, and one of our family friends were dragging a net across the pond and caught two of three huge grass carp. The third grass carp flipped out of the net (much to the scare of the friend, who was in the water with the net) and hadn’t been certainly sighted again since. No one could be sure if it was alive or dead.
To my excitement (yes, one gets excited at some strange things here in rural Missouri), once I had retrieved Grant to pull the thing out of the pond and show it to our granddad, he confirmed that it was a grass carp and probably the same one from almost thirty years ago.
Grant and I were quite pleased at our catch, even if it was dead when we captured it. So we had to take pictures.
It weighed around sixty pounds. We decided to leave it in the front yard for a while to see what happened when Abriana and our dad came home.
Later, Abriana documented what Her Royal Highness thought of it. She didn’t care for it. A little too large for her taste, I suppose.
“What is this beast doing in my domain?”
Burning to make the grass grow better and greener!
A worker handling hazardous material.
A beautiful March evening.
And, as an end note, the herb seeds from Thyme Garden arrived today. We’ve never ordered from them, but the seeds arrived promptly…we’ll have to see how they grow. The reason I got the seeds from them was because they had an astounding variety of herbs, almost anything we would have wanted.
Daddy and Grant’s latest project has been transforming the area south of the main blueberry patch into a scenic herb garden.
Well, it’s not scenic yet, but it certainly has made a lot of progress.
Taking a breather while they survey their work. Notice the delightful sturdily-crafted rustic bridge!
Now you can see where they are, from a different angle.
Another rustic bridge in progress.
As for the herbs, some of them are getting their start in the comfort of our house at this moment. Currently growing herbs are cilantro, dill, oregano, thyme, tarragon, two kinds of parsley, and three kinds of basil.
I recently ordered more herb seeds, including angelica, calendula, rue, fenugreek, sweet marjoram, mullein, sheep sorrel, and creeping thyme for a ground cover.
Today Karise and I were out in the lovely “winter” weather…pruning the blueberry plants. This is a job normally done with snow on the ground (we typically prune during the months of January through March)!
But the Lord has graciously showered us with many gorgeous fall-like days–days of sun and temps around 60 degrees! Today we reveled in full sun, a gentle breeze, and a temperature verging on 70 degrees!!
This has been the best day yet, and I hope there’ll be more to come! It makes the job of pruning much easier and more pleasant.
Purple pruners. Pretty awesome.
Using alcohol to sanitize the pruners between pruning each bush. It helps prevent the spread of disease.
These Florian ratchet-cut pruners are pretty feisty…
Nevertheless, we sometimes have to get out Big Brother for really large branches…
And wrestle with the blueberry bush.
We always welcome your comments! Let us know how your winter has been so far.
The newest member of the flock and definitely one of the cutest…but she feels like a bit of a black sheep, wouldn’t you know.
She really is completely black but her wool is bleached out from the sun. Having wanted a black sheep for a while, I was very excited to make a trade (back in August…I’m a little behind with the blogging) with our friend Mrs. Miller, giving her the former “Lucy” (one of my grown-up Katahdin bottle lambs) and receiving the adorable former “Karise”. Now, Karisey and Lola Lulu each seem happy in their new homes and Lola Lulu, I was informed, had twins this week, her first lambs.
Karisey is part Finn, part Romanov, and will require a shearing every spring unlike our Katahdin hair sheep, so in a few months I may be learning to shear a sheep by hand. Thanks to Mrs. Miller, Karisey is friendly and hopefully will tolerate an inexperienced shearer with grace. :)